Draw A Bird Day, February 2019

I’ve been taking an online class, the topic of which is how to loosen up watercolor painting. I so enjoy paintings that are expertly loose and balanced and wish I could paint that way, so maybe this class will help me achieve that. I tend to put in many details that make my paintings appear more lifelike, and I think that is my natural style. That doesn’t mean I can’t learn a few new techniques that might enhance or build upon my style.


This is my first practice of a chickadee painted a little looser than I usually would. I had to hold back on the details and it was not easy! The online class runs for the next few weeks, so hopefully I can get a better handle on this. Time will tell 🙂

Happy New Year – Happy New Hobby

I have been making some cards this past month but mostly I have been practicing my watercolor skills.  I am getting a little better week by week, and I find that painting the same subject two or three times really teaches me a lot about mixing colors and how to get the best consistency of paint for the subject matter.  I have shared a few of these on Instagram and/or Facebook so I thought I would share them on my blog.  Keep in mind I am just a beginner and hope to be much better by this time next year!  Below are some projects that I did in November and December.  I seem to be drawn to animals (mostly birds), flowers, and landscapes.  Today I will feature some of the critters I’ve been working on as well as a picture of my instructor and classmates who helped me learn so much!


Mallard and his reflection


Chipmunk – turned into a birthday card



Chickadee 1

Chickadee on a snowy branch

Chickadee 2



Classmates – Carol, Mark Willenbrink – Watercolor Artist, Me, Cindy, and Hao